The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists. The DSO offers a year-round performance schedule that includes classical, pops, jazz, young people’s concerts and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit www.dso.org.
We seek a talented, energetic, driven, and creative individual to provide support to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s individual, corporate, foundation, and special events fundraising campaigns. The Coordinator will join an Advancement Department capable of meeting the DSO’s contributed revenue requirements for general operating support, endowment, and other special needs or projects.
Our ability to build relationships with our patrons and ensure a sustainable revenue base is only as good as the systems we have in place to handle their contributions in a timely, accurate, and respectful manner.
As a key member of the Advancement Department and the Stewardship Team, the Coordinator is responsible for the acknowledgement of all contributions received, manages additional stewardship touches for major donors, executes systems for the collection of all pledges, and serves as a power user in the DSO’s patron database.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Sending a timely and comprehensive acknowledgement of every gift received by the DSO, paying special attention to gifts from board members, Governing Members, corporations, foundations, and other major donors
Work closely with Gift Processing Coordinator (Finance Department) and gift officers to prepare custom language and personalized acknowledgement letters for significant contributions to the oneDSO Campaign and all other key gifts of $10,000 or more. Coordinating additional personalized acknowledgements from the Chief Executive Officer, the Vice President, DSO Musicians and external volunteers
Ensuring the swift payment of all pledge balances through the coordination and preparation of regular pledge reminders and invoices
Responsible for preparing the Honorarium and Memoriam section of Performance Magazine
Serving as a database power user for the Advancement Department, including comprehensive data extraction, list management and weekly reporting of Governing Members and VIP ticket holders
Facilitate birthday, anniversary, special occasion cards and cultivation touches for Governing Members and VIP’s
Fulfill donor benefits to the Community Ensemble and oversee development/procurement of “premiums,” stationery and stewardship supplies
Prepare corporate, foundation and individual donor invoices as requested by Advancement Staff
Rotational responsibility of managing the DSO Friends phone line and email box, addressing the concerns and needs of patrons with exceptional customer service
Act as staff liaison at DSO events and the Donor Lounge approximately 1-3 times per month
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
Experience in a nonprofit organization and an understanding of fundraising required. A minimum of one year of fundraising, database, or transferable experience
Superior computer skills required. Must be a Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel power user. Demonstrated experience with mail merges a
Experience with fundraising or patron databases required. Familiarity with Tessitura a
Personal Attributes and Competencies
Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with staff and
Excellent time management and organizational skills and an ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced
Ability to focus intently on the task at hand with the utmost attention to detail and an intense commitment to
Ability to treat confidential and private information with
Interest in the arts and/or classical music a
Reports to: Manager, Advancement Services
Works closely with: Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Senior Director of Advancement and Gift Officers across individual, corporate, and foundation giving, and other members of the Advancement and Finance teams.
About Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL). He also maintains a rigorous schedule of guest conducting and is active as a composer, author, and educator.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season include a three-week Brahms festival in Detroit; engagements with the St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony in Tokyo; debuts with Beijing's China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra; and a summer tour of Japan and China with the ONL.
Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have garnered seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. His recent Naxos recordings include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and music by Copland, Rachmaninov, Borzova, McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). In addition, he has recorded the complete Beethoven and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the DSO (available online as digital downloads).
A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Slatkin also holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He has received Austria’s Declaration of Honor in Silver, the Americ...an Symphony Orchestra League’s Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his book, Conducting Business.
Slatkin has conducted virtually all of the leading orchestras in the world. As Music Director, he has held posts with the New Orleans, St. Louis, and National symphony orchestras, and he was Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Principal Guest Conductor of London’s Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Minnesota Orchestra.